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Stigma associated with contraceptives
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:15:35 PM »
At just 14, Iqbal, a resident of the historic city of Bahawalpur is hard at work, helping out at his fatherís shop. Since the family cannot afford to send him to school, the teenager makes himself useful at the location of his familyís bread and butter. Like most boys his age, Iqbal has realized that he has certain needs, or to put it more aptly; desires.
He likes the company of young boys and naturally gets attracted towards them. He now puts on his motherís clothes and tries some make up whenever he is left alone in her room. He finds the action has a soothing effect on him. It has been some time since the realization that he wants to live as a woman, and not a man, dawned upon him.
One day, his brother catches and remembers that night as one of the most dreadful of his life. He was beaten by both his father and brother. Now leading a miserable existence, he has to come to terms with his inner conflict on a daily basis. However, in fear of more punishment, he confesses to his father that he wishes to live the remainder of his days as a female.
Now, the whole family turned hostile. From father to brother, from uncle to cousins, beating Iqbal is considered an everyday activity.
Their quotidian torture becomes abortive. Instead of being convinced to act straight like a man, Iqbal has decided to leave his house in search for a life free from abuse; one in which he can become the ďwomanĒ he always wanted to be. He packed his bags and ended up in Lahore and has been a Lahori ever since.
He finds shelter with Khwaja Siras near Anarkali Bazaar. Driven by his instinctive desires and economic crisis, he cross-dresses and works as a dancer and a sex worker in the city.
Iqbal is now maintaining a to-do list which is topped by a sex change operation. Unfortunately for him, the earnings are not enough for him to afford an operation anytime soon.
He is active in sexual activities and has had many partners. Most of his partners do not agree to wear condoms and prefer unsafe sex.
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One day, he experiences flu-like symptoms and ignores them, believing itís just a bug doing the rounds. Four days later, his condition deteriorates. He goes to a doctor, who tells him to go to an infectious disease specialist.
The specialist asks about his sex life, including the number of partners and if he was using protection. He replies in the negative. The specialist then asks Iqbal to take an HIV test and provide a urine sample.